19th June 2018
“World Leading” Microbeads Ban Comes Into Force

“World Leading” Microbeads Ban Comes Into Force

A ban on the sale of products containing microbeads has come into force today (19 June) as part of the Government’s “world-leading” efforts to prevent these harmful pieces of plastic entering the marine environment. From today, retailers across England and … Continue reading

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13th June 2018
#RTF18: Resources & Waste Strategy Needs “Whole System” Approach 

#RTF18: Resources & Waste Strategy Needs “Whole System” Approach 

A “whole system” approach is needed in the Government’s forthcoming Resources & Waste Strategy if it is to have any impact, Shaun Gallagher, Director, Environmental Quality, Defra, said as he addressed delegates during the keynote session of day one of Resourcing the … Continue reading

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13th June 2018
Government Urged To Harness Innovation To Encourage Repair & Reuse

Government Urged To Harness Innovation To Encourage Repair & Reuse

Calls to consider new incentives and VAT reductions for repair activities and to encourage take-up of innovative digital technologies that can support repair, are among the recommendations to Government in a new report from techUK. Reuse, Repair, Remanufacture in the … Continue reading

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11th June 2018
Gove Announces “Beef Up” Of Action Against Waste Crime

Gove Announces “Beef Up” Of Action Against Waste Crime

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has announced a “comprehensive review” that aims to “beef up” the government’s approach to how it tackles the scourge of waste crime. A Call for Evidence has been launched which aims to enable a stakeholders to have their … Continue reading

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31st May 2018
Defra Publishes Digest Of Waste & Resource Statistics

Defra Publishes Digest Of Waste & Resource Statistics

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), has published its annual digest of waste and resource statistics. The Digest of waste and resource statistics is a compendium of statistics on a range of waste and resource areas, based … Continue reading

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30th May 2018
Hammond Urged To Give Evidence On New Environmental Watchdog

Hammond Urged To Give Evidence On New Environmental Watchdog

The chair of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), Mary Creagh, has written a letter to Philip Hammond requesting that he or another Minister gives evidence for the Committee’s inquiry into the proposal for a new environmental watchdog. The EAC has … Continue reading

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23rd May 2018
David Rutley To Temporarily Replace Thérèse Coffey As Minister

David Rutley To Temporarily Replace Thérèse Coffey As Minister

Defra has issued a statement in which it confirms that David Rutley MP has been temporarily appointed to replace Thérèse Coffey MP as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, as she recovers from a “period of illness”. Defra stated: “The Queen … Continue reading

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18th May 2018
UK Environmental Watchdog Plans Are “Toothless” & Lack “Legal Punch”

UK Environmental Watchdog Plans Are “Toothless” & Lack “Legal Punch”

ClientEarth has called on the UK government to strengthen its plans for an environmental watchdog after Brexit, labelling the current plan “toothless”. It has published a new report that outlines what it says the legal powers the watchdog will “need” … Continue reading

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